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Coach 1 - Intro to Coach Training

Course Overview

The Coach 1 – Intro to Coach program aims to equip coaches with essential tools in leadership, communication, teaching skills, and lesson planning, tailored specifically for the youngest athletes. Coaches enrolled in this program receive a comprehensive manual containing progressive practice plans designed to make the initial hockey experience enjoyable and positive for beginners.

Who Should Attend?

Intro to Coach is mandatory for coaches working with Timbits U7 (5-6 years old) and U9 players. While it caters to these specific age groups, the program is beneficial for coaches at all experience levels. It focuses on teaching fundamental skills in a fun-oriented manner.

Qualification Requirements

Qualification is contingent on full attendance, with 100% attendance being mandatory.

There are no prerequisites for the Intro to Coach course. Upon successful completion of all program components, including online modules, classroom sessions, and on-ice training totaling 12 modules online, 90-150 minutes in class, and 90 minutes on the ice, participants will achieve Trained status.

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Coach 2 - Coach Level

All hockey coaches coaching U11, U13, U15 and U18 community sport streams require Coach 2 – Coach Level training.


Coach Level follows the competency-based education and training method of learning and is an excellent course for all new and recreational-level coaches. The NCCP Coach Level introduces player development and teaches coach knowledge, skills and attitudes in the following areas:

  • Communicating effectively with athletes and parents
  • Supporting the athlete in a:
    • team environment
    • training environment
    • practice environment
    • game environment

The Coach Level emphasizes basic skills and the importance of having players develop confidence, self-esteem and a love for the game.


Hockey Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada and Members do not require Certified status in this stream, only Trained.

All head coaches guiding teams at U13 or above at competitive levels, as determined by the Member, must be Development 1 Certified (other than those requiring High Performance 1). It is recommended all assistant coaches have Development 1 Trained status.

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